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Paul Dowling

Horticulturist

Teagasc

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  Paul Dowling
Ideally, try and get a job in the industry for a summer, or get a bit of experience before you go into it. You have to be happy with working outside, and doing physical work. If you are not prepared to work hard or are looking for a soft job, don't go into Landscaping. Design is very sexy at the moment, everyone wants to be a designer, a Landscape Designer. It's different on the ground, you have to be out there on sites in all weather and you have to make sure projects are managed well and you're able to muck in with everyone else. Biology is most important for anyone going into Horticulture or Landscaping as it covers propagation and helps with the identification of plant names, species and families through the universal use of Latin. Chemistry is also helpful as the use of various chemicals is a constant in horticulture. The chemical content and dangers of fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides in use in Amenity Horticulture needs to be understood anyone going into this business. Geography would be a relevant subject as well. Also, the simple things like having a full, clean driving licence, which can make you a lot more employable if you are trying for a job with a Landscape Conractor. This indicates that you are more mobile and can also drive a company van if needed. Be sure you're happy with the outdoor life. Having taken a Horticulture course will give you an advantage. However, it's possible to take a job first and study later, e.g. in IT Blanchardstown it is possible to study at night. I think you cannot beat doing the Diploma Course in the National Botanic Gardens because it is a good practical course which also covers all the theory and is invaluable for gaining plant knowledge.
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Sales Representative

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€20k > 60
Sales Rep / Executive
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€20 - 60
Related Information:
Telesales Rep / Executive: 20 - 35
Sales Rep / Executive: 25 - 60
Field Sales Rep / Executive: 25 - 55
Data Source(s):
Brightwater / CPL / Robert Walters / Hudson / Abrivia / Lincoln

Last Updated: February, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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EGFSN Report (July2014) reports demand for sales skills for the following sales areas: technical sales in the areas of ICT, healthcare, medical devices and pharmaceuticals.

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Business Sales Executives

Also included in this category:

Sales agents; sales consultants; sales executives; technical representatives

Number Employed:

21,800

Part time workers: 11%
Aged over 55: 15%
Male / Female: 74 / 26%
Non-Nationals: 13%
With Third Level: 46%
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Sells a company's products and services to other companies, associations and the general public.


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This career can present quite varied challenges as employers include manufacturers and wholesalers, insurance, finance and banking companies, as well as a host of service organisations as diverse as suppliers of electricity and gas, car rental firms, transport companies, hotel and catering organisations.  
 
Essentially, sales representatives are concerned with promoting their employer's business, obtaining orders for company products or services within their allotted areas and, maintaining liaison with customers to ensure satisfaction. They also give information about new prices, offers and products.  
 
They may be required to travel extensively and with some concerns this may include travel abroad. They may be expected to collect accounts and to make daily or weekly reports of their activities to the Sales Manager. A competent Sales Representative will take note of trends and developments in the market and alert the company of these.


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Sales reps need to be confident, enthusiastic and ambitious. You should be well organised, self-motivated, and prepared to plan your own work and deal with paperwork. You will often have to cope with working under pressure in order to meet sales targets and gain commission.  
 
As a sales rep, you will need good communication skills, a clear speaking voice, and a friendly, outgoing personality and persuasive manner.  
 
A clean full driving licence is usually required.


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Organisation: Marketing Institute of Ireland (MII)
Address: Marketing House, South County Business Park, Leopardstown, Dublin 18
Tel: (01) 295 2355
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Organisation: The Sales Institute of Ireland
Address: 68 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
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